Back to school, drivers

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Bob Hall wants mandatory driving tests every 10 to 15 years and enforced regular regular vehicle inspections to put “death traps” off WA roads.
Camera IconBob Hall wants mandatory driving tests every 10 to 15 years and enforced regular regular vehicle inspections to put “death traps” off WA roads. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian.

A Geraldton road safety campaigner and former police officer has called for tough changes to road laws to reduce road carnage and bad driver behaviour.

Roadwise Geraldton chairman Bob Hall (pictured) wants mandatory driving tests every 10 to 15 years and enforced regular vehicle inspections to put “death traps” off WA roads.

“Once you get your licence, that’s where it starts and finishes,” he said of the current system.

“People who work within health and look after people have to regularly upskill and meet changing standards. Why should people on our roads be any different?”

Mr Hall said he was frustrated at apparent political unwillingness to make unpopular changes for road safety.

“Politicians don’t want to hurt their constituents, but where do you draw the line between hurting people financially and having road accidents?”

His comments come after WA Police figures emerged showing Geraldton drivers were the worst in WA for speeding through school zones.

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